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Stacey Barney

Stacey Barney began her publishing career at Lee & Low Books, a multicultural children's book publisher. She then moved on to the world of adult trade. At Farrar, Straus and Giroux, she worked with such talented new writers as Samina Ali, Chris Abani, and Lisa Dierbeck. She now calls Amistad/HarperCollins home. In 2003 Amistad/HarperCollins published Edward P. Jones' THE KNOWN WORLD, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Stacey is currently looking for literary fiction and narrative nonfiction that speaks to the themes of education, race, class, gender and immigration--the outsider's voice. She is also very interested in family stories, memoirs, women's fiction, and international fiction, and popular culture.
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Andrea Barzvi

Andrea Barzvi started at International Creative Management (ICM) in 2001 after graduating from Cardozo Law School. She currently represents Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, the co-authors of the #1 NY Times Best Seller HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU: The No Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys. Other clients include: Harley Pasternak, celebrity trainer and author of FIVE FACTOR FITNESS; Jillian Michaels from the hit tv show THE BIGGEST LOSER; Shalini Vadhera, celebrity make-up artist and global beauty expert as well as author of the upcoming PASSPORT TO BEAUTY and children's author Danny Tepper who's picture book LOOK WHO'S TALKING AT THE ZOO is garnering rave reviews from the YA community. While her list is mainly commercial non-fiction, Andrea also represents chick lit, literary fiction and picture books.
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Joshua Bilmes

Joshua Bilmes has been a literary agent since 1986, and proprietor of his own JABberwocky Literary Agency since 1994. JABberwocky clients include NY Times bestseller Charlaine Harris (also an Anthony Award winner and Agatha Award finalist), Nebula Award winner Elizabeth Moon, Hugo finalist Lee Killough, Campbell-winner Kristine C. Smith and Campbell finalist Tobias Buckell, Stoker winner Edo van Belkom, Locus-bestselling authors Tanya Huff, Simon Green, Scott Mackay and Rick Shelley; the "Hot Blood" anthologies, Arkham House/Lovecraft, Lambda horror finalist Michael Schiefelbein; and Michael McCollum, John Hemry, Randall Garrett, and more. His degree is in history. He is an avid moviegoer and watches lots of baseball and tennis. Bilmes is always looking for new talent in genre fiction and in non-fiction related to his areas of interest (sports, business, entertainment, history, etc.). You can find out lots more about Bilmes and his clients at the agency web site.
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Brettne Bloom

Brettne Bloom has been a literary agent at Kneerim & Williams since 2002. She represents authors of fiction and non-fiction, with a strong focus on narrative history, biography, memoir, religion, and the work of new and emerging writers with strong, compelling voices. Her recently published titles include MISTRESS BRADSTREET by Charlotte Gordon, BREAKING THE TONGUE by Vyvyane Loh, FROM HERE TO MATERNITY by Beth Teitell, FIFTY-TWO FIGHTS by Jennifer Jeanne Patterson, NIGHTINGALES by Gillian GIll, THE BOOK OF CUSTOMS by Scott Kosofsky. A graduate of Emory University, Brettne began her publishing career with a stint at The Atlantic Monthly and was the agency's editorial assistant for two years. From her mentors, Ike Williams and Jill Kneerim, who represent award-winning authors such as Stephen Greenblatt, E.O. Wilson, and Joseph Ellis, Brettne has learned the importance of developing strong book proposals. She also enjoys working closely with her authors throughout the publishing process, from idea to finished book.
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Rolph Blythe

Rolph Blythe represents a range of fiction and narrative nonfiction titles as an agent with the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency. Blythe began his career as a bookseller at the St. Paul, Minnesota independent, The Hungry Mind Bookstore. Before turning to agenting he also worked as a book review editor and a marketing manager for both Basic Books and Counterpoint Press. His interests include literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography, history, and science. He handles very few genre titles, but is interested in mystery and crime books.

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Paul Cirone

I have been an agent since 2000, but I've been with the agency since 1996 where I began as apprentice to super-agent, Molly Friedrich. Some of the writers I represent are Leif Enger, best-selling author of PEACE LIKE A RIVER, as well as winner of the Pen/Hemingway award for fiction, Gabriel Brownstein, author of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, and THE MAN FROM BEYOND, coming out this Fall. Though my focus is mainly on literary and popular fiction, I am also interested in narrative non-fiction.




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Shana Drehs

Shana Drehs, an editor at Crown Publishers/Random House, is looking for a wide range of nonfiction, including sports, memoir, offbeat reportage, historical and contemporary narrative, humor, and pop culture, as well as commercial "chick lit" fiction. Her list includes the New York Times bestseller THE BOYS OF WINTER: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, the forthcoming memoir YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN: The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny and the historical narrative CRASH OUT: The True Tale of a Hell's Kitchen Kid and the Bloodiest Escape in Sing Sing History, and the novels THEY'RE NOT YOUR FRIENDS and SINGLETINI.
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Eden Edwards

Eden Edwards is a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Company and is currently focused on launching and acquiring fiction and nonfiction for Graphia, a new quality paperback imprint for teen readers. Prior to joining Houghton in 1996, she was marketing and advertising manager of The Horn Book. She has an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and has taught writing for children and young adults at Emerson College in Boston. While she edits books for children of all ages, she is particularly interested in sophisticated writing for older teens and creative approaches to nonfiction for teen readers. Humor and anything on the quirky side, always appreciated. Some recent titles include BETTER THAN RUNNING AT NIGHT by Hillary Frank, ZEN IN THE ART OF THE SAT by Matt Bardin and Susan Fine, and THE RISE AND FALL OF A 10TH-GRADE SOCIAL CLIMBER by Lauren Mechling and Laura Moser.
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Farrin Jacobs

Farrin Jacobs is an editor at Red Dress Ink/Mira. Prior to joining the company in 2001, she covered the book publishing industry for Inside.com, Brill's Content and the Book Publishing Report and was a senior editor at New Harbinger Publications. Farrin is also the co-author of the forthcoming humor/how-to book LIKE LIFE BUT FUNNIER: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel. She is looking to acquire chick lit of all types and commercial/literary fiction. For more about Red Dress, visit www.reddressink.com. For more about Mira, go to www.mirabooks.com.

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Jeff Kleinman

Jeff Kleinman is a literary agent and intellectual property attorney with Graybill & English, LLC, a literary agency and law firm which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He's a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he's helped to build something - a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author's career. His authors include Yolanda King, Philip Gerard, Barbara Holland, and Ron McLarty. He prefers to represent: Nonfiction (especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, travel, nature, ecology, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, memoir, biography) and Fiction (very well-written, character driven novels; some SF&F, suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream commercial and literary fiction).
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Miriam Kriss

Miriam Kriss joined the Irene Goodman Literary Agency in early 2004, fresh from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts where she was finishing work for her Masters in art history. Going from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the world of literary romance was not as great a leap as it might seem since Miriam had been obsessively reading romance and commercial fiction since she found a copy of Judith McNaught's classic WHITNEY, MY LOVE in a rented lakeside cabin when she was thirteen. A few pages in, and not only were some gaps in her catholic school education filled, but she was hooked. She reads fast: one hundred pages an hour, a novel a day, and well, that adds up to a lot of books a year…. She works with the legendary Irene Goodman and, while Irene knows the market because she's been doing this for over twenty years and is savvy as all get out, Miriam knows the market because she is the market. Miriam has already had a number of sales to major publishers, including a recent six-figure deal for a first time author, and her client list continues to grow. What's more, now that reading is legitimately "work" she devours two or three novels and manuscripts a day. She is represents and is currently seeking the full spectrum of women's commercial fiction, from category romance to chick lit. Her particular passions are paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
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Kristin Nelson

An up-and-coming young agency, the Nelson Literary Agency specializes in representing commercial fiction (with a particular interest in romance and women's fiction) and high caliber literary fiction. The agency also represents a select few nonfiction projects that tend to be story-based, such as memoir, narrative nonfiction, or biography. Kristin Nelson established the agency in 2002 after working as a literary scout and subrights agent for Denver-based agent Jody Rein. In such a short time, the agency has built a solid reputation with the success of such authors as Jennifer O'Connell and Cheryl Sawyer. Although a boutique agency, NLA can offer a powerhouse of services for its clients through strong partnerships in Hollywood for dramatic/film rights (see website for detailed co-agent information) and with Jenny Meyer and Whitney Lee who deftly handle foreign rights sales for NLA clients. Member: Association of Authors' Representatives, Romance Writers of America. Please visit the Nelson Literary Agency website www.nelsonagency.com before submitting.
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Marcy Posner

Marcy Posner, President of The Marcy Posner Literary Agency, spent 12 years at the William Morris Agency as an agent and as Vice President and Director of Foreign Rights. Before becoming an agent she was on the publishing side for 15 years, her last job being Associate Publisher at Pantheon. She now has a small list of clients and, though looking for new writers, plans to keep the agency at the boutique size. Marcy represents both fiction, including general, action/adventure, historical, mystery and romance, and non-fiction, including biography, history, health, and lifestyle.


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Laura Rennert

Laura Rennert is a Senior Agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency, which Writer's Digest named one of the top twenty-five literary agencies for developing new writers. She specializes in all categories of children's books, picture books to young adult. She also specializes in literary fiction, women's fiction, mysteries and thrillers, and narrative nonfiction. She has a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia. She has worked as a freelance editor in the United States and Japan, and has nine years of experience teaching as a faculty member in the English Departments of the University of Virginia, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and Santa Clara University. She has published articles in various scholarly journals in the United States and internationally. Laura's recent deals include a middle-grade/YA series she sold to Random House for over half a million dollars and a two-book six-figure deal for a bestselling author to Knopf. Some of her forthcoming titles include THE FIVE ANCESTORS series (Random House); STORKY: HOW I WON THE GIRL AND LOST MY NICKNAME (Putnam); MONSOON SUMMER (Random House); THE SQUISHINESS OF THINGS (Knopf); and BROKEN PEOPLE and BECOMING CHLOE (Knopf).
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